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Twelve Bens Area   E: Glencorbet Subarea
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Benbrack Mountain Binn Bhreac A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Bhreac [OSI], 'speckled peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 582m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76558 55818
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Longitude: -9.862684, Latitude: 53.537986 , Easting: 76558, Northing: 255818 Prominence: 264m,  Isolation: 1km
ITM: 476533 755841,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnb582, 10 char: Benbrack
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

The summit of this mountain is strewn with lumps of quartz. Walks: for a route taking in Cnoc Breac, Binn Bhreac and Binn Bhán or Maolán, see Paddy Dillon, Connemara, 163-67.   Benbrack is the 331st highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Benbrack (<i>Binn Bhreac</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: pic:csd - Benbrack from Glencorbet
Speckled Ben
Short Summary created by JohnA, Onzy  1 Oct 2022
Benbrack is a typical quartzite peak in the Twelve Bens which is a little off the main routes. It boasts great views into the main range as well as to the coast to the west. There is a small lake to the west of the summit.

The quickest way up and down is probably from the north, parking in Kylemore Abbey car park (L74866 58148 starA). Head back east along the main road (N59) for about 300m, turning south up a gated lane towards an old lime kiln, over the smaller Benbaun to the summit and returning the same way. This should take 2.5 to 3 hours. However a much more satisfying walk would be to return via Knockbrack, turning the walk into a mini horseshoe taking from 3-4 hours. On the descent from Knockbrack you should head west for about 300m before descending in a north westerly direction to a track which leads through the old Kylemore Farm back to the N59.

The hill can also be climbed as part of a longer circuit of the Glencorbet Valley starting from a number of points off the R344, such as L799 574 starB. Linkback: Picture about mountain Benbrack (<i>Binn Bhreac</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: S face of Benbrack from Muckanaght
gerrym on Benbrack, 2006
by gerrym  25 Oct 2006
Parked on the R344 at the entrance to a forestry plantation (799582 starC), loads of room! It is a short walk to the quiet road into Glencorbet, crossing the Kylemore river and taking the rough track uphill to the left. From here it is a matter of heading off onto the hillside over wettish ground, the views are already stunning but i will leave a full description until later. After crossing a fence there are views across Kylemore Lough to the abbey at the foot of Duchruach. Point 392 m is reached in 1 1/4 hours, with views down into the isolated farm buidings and forestry deep into Glencorbet and ahead to Maolan and Benbrack. There is a slight drop (and a big hare) to a boggy col before climbing the grassy slopes of Maolan - the sights of Benfree and Benbaun across Glencorbet are captivating. From the small cairn it is worthwhile heading N to get views over to Klymore Abbey.
The gloriously rocky sight of Benbrack is now ahead ,as drop down past a pool complete with dragonfly and climb to the summit. The rocky top was reached in 2 1/4 hours, the couple of cairns are barely distinguishable from the more general rock. There is a beautiful panorama - N to the end of the Bens, Clare Island and Mweelrea, the Sheefrys, Bengorm, Partrys - E to the Mamturks - S to the rest of the Bens. I dropped down W to a beautiful little lough (764558 starD) with golden rock at its shore and a gurgling stream leaving at its end, had a leisurely lunch stop on a glorious day. I headed S again to a small cairn overlooking the col with Muckanaght, there are 2 further small cairns on the 1/2 hour descent. I now had a very daunting looking climb up the steep looking N slopes of Muckanaght - see you there. Linkback:
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simon3 on Benbrack, 2003
by simon3  9 Oct 2003
This party is at the summit of Benbrack looking towards Muckanaght (Meachanach). The view in this composite picture shows the coastline at Ballynakill Harbour to the right. To the right again and not shown would be Knockbrack (442m) part of a ridge that extends north west from Benbrack in the direction of Diamond Hill which is also visible from Benbrack. Note the relatively small amount of vegetation on the hard whitish quartzite underfoot. Linkback:
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csd on Benbrack, 2003
by csd  16 Nov 2003
Another possible approach to Benbrack is via the Kylemore River valley at Glencorbet (see the Harvey map). Turn off the R344 and park at the 43 metre spot height, then follow the marked track up to Glencorbet. The picture shows the view up to Benbrack, taken from the river valley. Linkback:
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Picture: Binn Bhreac from Maolan
CaptainVertigo on Benbrack, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  19 Sep 2005
August 2005...Left the car near Kylemore Abbey. Found Maolan a stiff grassy climb. But the work was over! There was no problem descending a little into the saddle, and then on to Binn Bhreac. We were on a short leash so we went back the way we came (fantastic views of Kylemore Lake with its fairytale abbey!). A better route would have involved a horseshore Maolan-Binn Bhreac-Cnoc Bhreac (as set out rather beautifully inPaddy Dillon's "Connemara" Walk No.26). From the summit of BB you will see into the heart of the range. Linkback:
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pdtempan on Benbrack, 2005
by pdtempan  25 Nov 2005
A rather warmer day than some of the other photos! I led this group up Benbrack in August 2003. In the background is Benbaun and the higher peaks of the Twelve Bens. Linkback:
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